NOCSAE develops athletic equipment performance and test standards. There are two categories of standards: general and sport-specific. General standards, such as ND001, ND021, and ND081 apply to all other sport specific standards. Sport specific standards are limited to the equipment in a specific sport.

In addition, NOCSAE publishes guidelines which can be helpful to testing personnel, technicians, and manufacturers. Guides and guidelines are not a part of the standards and are not mandatory, but they do provide examples of testing and sampling procedures that would satisfy the requirements of the performance standards.

There are two levels of standards: 

  1. Final Status: A Standard is elevated from Proposed Status by Board Approval and becomes effective no sooner than one year after vote for elevation. See the specific Standard for its effective date.
  2. Proposed Status (highlighted in red): A formalized document with Board approval for the purpose of obtaining written comments from manufacturers, governing bodies and other interested parties. Each standard is held in Proposed Status for a minimum one-year period. While in this status, the NOCSAE Board encourages all interested parties to provide comments. Comments must be submitted in writing to the Executive Director. Prior to submitting comments, interested parties are welcome to discuss their comments with either the Research Director or the Technical Advisor.

Document Naming Convention

Following each document number (NDXXX-YYmZZ) is the year the document was last revised (YY). Revisions require NOCSAE Board approval. The year following the “m” is the year the document was last modified (ZZ or ZZa, etc…). Modifications do not require Board approval. A list of all modifications are provided at the end of the document.